Defeated Republican challenger Sharron Angle outraised and outspent Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in their record-smashing race, according to campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Together they spent nearly $50 million and both ended up a bit in debt.
More than half of Angle’s contributions came from small donors, $200 or less. Reid was the clear winner among the political action committee crowd, who accounted for a fifth of his funds.
Here’s the picture painted by election cycle campaign reports through Nov. 22, with a final report due in January as both candidates work to retire debt and pay all their bills:
■ Net contributions: $26.9 million, including $14.7 million from small donors.
■ Net operating expenditures: $25.3 million.
■ Cash on hand: about $292,000.
■ Debts and obligations owed: about $635,700.
■ Net contributions: $22.5 million, including $15 million from big money donors and nearly $5.2 million from political action committees.
■ Net operating expenditures: $24.6 million.
■ Cash on hand: about $176,300.
■ Debt and obligations owed: about $419,100.
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